The Nation: Deadly Way of Life

As he had been assigned to guard the Jordanian embassy last week, London Constable Peter Slimon did something most unusual for a bobby: he armed himself. En route to the embassy he encountered a bank stickup and pulled his revolver. In the ensuing gunfight one of the bandits wounded Slimon—but not before the bobby had killed one of the robbers.

Such an incident would have gone virtually unnoticed in any major city in the U.S. In London, Fleet Street and the BBC treated the shootout as if it were a holocaust. The reason: that...

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